This is a guest post from Leonard Lee, a regular commenter here at MMI.Â Leonard writes:Â Sometimes I get what I call â€œDuh Moments.â€Â â€Duh Momentsâ€ are what happens when something that should be clear becomes clear and I say â€œDuh.â€
The word â€œGospelâ€ means good news.Â The four gospels in the New Testament are the four accounts of the life of Christ and are called gospels because they tell the good news about Jesus.Â The bible also mentionsÂ â€œThe Gospelâ€ and this is the incredibly good news that through faith in Christ we can be forgiven and redeemed.
Today, most church going folks couldnâ€™t tell you what the Gospel is, and for many it is set of facts and information we believe.Â Get the information right and you are savedâ€¦ get it wrong and â€œNo Soup for You!â€
In Romans 1:16,Â Paul wrote that he was not ashamed of the Gospel because the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyoneâ€¦Â This verse was always used to get me to be more bold and the leverage word in the verse is the word â€œashamed.â€Â It means what we think it means.Â I have heard a â€œton-o-sermonsâ€ on this verse and guess what, I always end up feeling ashamed for feeling ashamedâ€¦ this is certainly the recipe for transformation. (See the post on sarcasm and realize I still need to work on this.)
I heard statements like â€œwhat if they die and go to hell and you never told them because you were ashamed of the gospel?â€Â Here is a confession.Â Shaming me into feeling no shame didnâ€™t really work.Â Then the â€œDuh Momentâ€ with God.
I read the rest of the verse and discovered that the reason Paul felt no shame was not about how screwed you are without Jesus but rather because the Gospel is FREEKING AMAZING!!! Duh.
The Gospel is the power of God.Â So many Christians are looking for the power of Godâ€¦ going to healers, watching Christian television, begging God to do stuffâ€¦ making deals with God about giving, serving, loving othersâ€¦ just to get some of that God Power working in their direction.Â But right in front of our faces is this Gospel, this good news and it IS the power of God.Â It does not contain the power of God, it does not refract, reflect, channel, hold or manipulate the power of Godâ€¦ no it IS THE POWER OF GOD! Duh.
Power for what?Â Salvationâ€¦ kind of a big deal, I got now power for that.Â Transformationâ€¦ Another big deal, I got no power for that.Â Cleansing of guilt and shameâ€¦ I got no power for that.Â Healing of wounds, broken heartedness, fear, anger, addiction, slavery to sinâ€¦ I got no power for that.Â Destroyed marriages, rebellious hearts, wayward kids, hopelessness, discouragementâ€¦ I got no power for that.Â Â But God does and the Gospel IS the power of God. Duh.
So hereâ€™s a question; Did you know you had that much power at your disposal?Â Did you know that in your grasp is the power of God to alter eternity and change lives?Â Did you know that God has given us access to His life altering, sin forgiving, God reconciling, and heart transforming power?Â WOW!!!Â Call the paper, alert the media, send out a press release because that is BIG.
When I focused on the Power of God, the Gospel, I got motivated.Â No shame needed for removing my shame.Â I got excited because I have access to the only power that can do what NEEDS to be done in a persons life.Â I am a steward of this power.Â Holy Smokes, how cool is that?Â Now when I read â€œI am not ashamed of the Gospelâ€ I get excited and say â€œDuh, who in their right mind would be ashamed of that kind of life changing power!â€Â Thank you Jesus!Â Â Offâ€¦ we go now.
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